SHS Students Perform at Spring Concert
By Samantha Perkins
Salisbury High School’s Spring Concert took place May 10 in the SHS auditorium. Concert band, chorus, Descant Get Enough and the jazz band, newly named Give Me Fortissimore, all performed for the public. Parents were greeted at the stage doors by posters of the band and chorus seniors, as it was the Class of 2016’s final concert at Salisbury. Each poster featured a baby picture and senior photo and gave information on the student’s participation in the SHS music program and their plans after high school.
The concert opened with the chorus singing “One Short Day” from the hit Broadway musical Wicked, accompanied by the concert band. The song featured solos from seniors Haley Bergstrom, Kaleigh Bobeck, Sarah Galantini, Abigail Garrigan, Keri Haldeman, Naomi Kuhns, Samantha Perkins and Nicole Sylvester, and freshman Sara Lamana.
Give Me Fortissimore took the stage next, performing “Brass Attack” by Larry Barton, “Play That Funky Music” by Robert Parissi and arranged by Victor Lopez, and “Something” by George Harrison and arranged by John Wasson. “Something” featured senior Matthew Fainor on the alto saxophone.
Once Give Me Fortissimore took their final bows for the evening, the high school’s descant group Descant Get Enough performed. They opened with the song “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen and arranged by Roger Emerson, made popular with the younger generations by being featured in the hit movie Shrek. They followed with “Some Nights”, originally recorded by the band FUN, arranged by Roger Emerson. The song featured solos by senior Abigail Garrigan and juniors Scheccid Alayola, Laura Daher, and Zoe Feller. The descant group closed with “The Chain” by Ingrid Michaelson, featuring solos by Scheccid Alayola and Abigail Garrigan.
After Descant Get Enough, concert band began their performance. Their musical selection included “Relativo” by Robert W. Smith, “A Childhood Hymn” by David Holsinger, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” arranged by Robert Longfield, and “Flying Tigers” by David Shaffer.
The last group to perform was the high school chorus, accompanied by Mrs. Karen Heim. The group opened with “And This Shall Be For Music” by Mary Lynn Lightfoot. Other songs included “Windy Nights” by Cynthia Gray, “Angel In Eternal Flight” by Valerie Webdell, “Put A Lid On It” by Tom Maxwell and arranged by Alan Billingsley, “Shenandoah” arranged by Mark Patterson, “Oceans and Stars” by Amy F. Bernon, “Riversong” by Andy Beck, and “The Cuckoo” by Robert Hugh. “Shenandoah” featured vocal solos from Abigail Garrigan, Scheccid Alayola, and Sara Lamana, and a saxophone solo from sophomore Josh Kim. “Riversong” was accompanied by Sarah Lamana.
After “The Cuckoo”, the entire chorus took a seat except for the seniors performing the annual Senior Song. The Senior Song is chosen by the graduating class every year as a tribute to their years at Salisbury High School and their choral and band director, Ms. Reinecke, and will be performed by the same group at graduation. After Ms. Reinecke delivered a heartfelt speech about the time she had with the Class of 2016, she took a seat and the seniors sang “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King and arranged by Mac Huff.
The concert closed with the song “Flashlight”, originally recorded by Jessie J, arranged by Mac Huff, and made popular by being featured in the movie Pitch Perfect 2. The entire chorus performed and was accompanied by concert band, and the song featured solos from various seniors. The audience was also asked to participate in the song by turning on the flashlight app and raising their phones during the song’s chorus.
Following the concert, seniors remained onstage for pictures and a reception was held in the lobby and at the front of the house for families and friends of the performers. The night was filled with beautiful music and the seniors’ final spring concert is an event they won’t forget.